Guadalajara is definitely not Ireland!

 So we have only been here one full day, and I am already realizing that this adventure is something totally different than the World Cup in Ireland.  The flights to Guadalajara (GDL) were the normal hurry up and wait, but went fine.  The fun really started when we arrived in GDL.  We arrived in GDL on time, but it was an intense 20 minutes to de-plane right off the tarmac onto a bus jammed packed like a can of sardines, in order to get to customs.  Once we got our luggage we boarded a bus for a 40 minute roller coaster, police escorted, and holding on for dear life ride to the Athlete Village.  I thankfully decided to use my seatbelt for the first time in 2 years.  We arrived at the village, after going by security with high powered rifles and proceeded to enter the Athlete Village (aka Compound).  I feel very safe in the village, but what concerns me is why there such high security.

Our first full day here started off with a couple of orientation meetings, and then we proceeded to the venue for some training and equipment check.  It turned out that I didn’t need to be classified because it was too soon after my original classification 3 months ago. We practiced for an hour in the warm up area because the competition floor was not ready yet.  Hopefully I’ll get the chance to practice on the courts tomorrow.  We came back and had supper with some friends from the track and field team, and came back to organize our home for the next two weeks. 

The weather has been hot and sunny during the day, but cools off VERY quickly when the sun goes down (perfect for sleeping).  The plan for tomorrow is to relax in the morning and then some more training in the afternoon.  We’ll hope to update you after that. 

Here are some pictures from our adventures so far.

Police Escorted - Roller coaster bus ride to the Athlete village!

Taking a cat nap on the flight

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About bocciashooter
Canadian BC1 Paralympic Boccia Athlete and 2011 National Champion. The only "foot player" in the country.

One Response to Guadalajara is definitely not Ireland!

  1. rita parent says:

    it does sound a bit different then Ireland for sure, im glad you all made it safe and sound. Look forward to he updates Keven.

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